Unión Europea

Together in the European Union

More than 20 million immigrants lived in the European Union in 2016. This means that 1 person in 25 was an immigrant. Having more immigrants and refugees makes it even more important for the governments to have plans to help them to integrate.


Policy Note: Making asylum numbers count. Gaps and reform needs in the area of asylum statistics

ECRE has published a Policy Note analysing gaps in the collection and provision of asylum statistics in the EU at a time when the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is debated in an aura of “high politics”. Problems identified include an overly narrow set of obligations to collect data under the Migration Statistics Regulation and an absence of compliance with it, and parallel and often competing data collection by EU bodies, international organisations and national authorities, giving rise to gap-filling by civil society and others.


Shared space of religion and human rights

This meeting report distils the discussions held during a high-level expert meeting organised by FRA, which explored the shared space between religion and human rights. Religious scholars, clerics, representatives of religious communities and human rights experts sought to identify the untapped potential for joint action and cooperation between those motivated by religion and those motivated by human rights to create fair and just societies. The meeting report concludes with action points that emerged from the meeting, including FRA’s possible role in the shared space of religion and human rights.



Defending migrants’ rights in the context of detention and deportation

This repor t aims to present recent developments relating to the detention and deportation of foreign nationals under Union law, discussed at the legal seminar organised by PICUM and EuropeanMigrationLaw.eu, held in Brussels on 8 June 2017.


EU Migration Partnerships: A Work in Progress

While EU ambitions to cooperate with migrants’ countries of origin and transit stretch back more than two decades, they took on fresh urgency following the 2015–16 European migrant and refugee crisis, when migration management rocketed to the top of the policy agenda. In 2016, the European Union introduced the Migration Partnership Framework to guide EU and Member State engagement with third countries and embed migration objectives within broader foreign and development policy domains. In addition to sharpening existing tools for collaboratively tackling migration objectives, the framework draws on the strength of bilateral relationships between Member States and third countries and reorganizes the bloc’s financial commitments. This report critically examines whether this approach has put the European Union on track to reach the framework’s stated aims—strengthening borders, stepping up the return of migrants without authorization to stay in Europe, and addressing the root causes of migration—and, if not, what adjustments are needed. By taking a close look at the migration landscapes in four partner countries (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mali, and Niger) and how key socioeconomic and political factors in each affect EU engagement, the report illustrates some of the challenges inherent to this new generation of partnerships. Chief among them are identifying the right partners, reconciling divergent EU and partner-country priorities, setting clear benchmarks and conducting robust evaluation, and modulating how progress is communicated to European publics. While EU policymakers acted quickly to launch the framework following the crisis, the authors find a number of areas in need of review if these migration partnerships are to have the desired lasting impact.



OPed: Let children be children – a moral obligation and an investment in our future

By Ana Fontal, Global Refugee Coordinator at SOS Children’s Villages International. A new report by SOS Children’s Villages and Eurochild presents 16 case studies bringing lessons from the field on the protection and integration of refugee and migrant children in Europe.



ECRE: European return policies – getting the numbers no matter the cost.

Today ECRE published a Policy Note analysing EU return policies and a Case Study on returns to Afghanistan identifying the risks, and the ethical, legal and political implications of a narrow focus on increasing the number of returns in general and in the specific context of Afghanistan.




Mapping minimum age requirements concerning the rights of the child in the EU

International treaties, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, European Union (EU) secondary law and national legislation provide a number of rights to citizens. The maps and tables presented show the various patterns concerning age requirements for children to acquire rights in the EU. They also identify inconsistencies, protection gaps and restrictions deriving from different age thresholds. The aim is to assist EU Member States in addressing these issues and to facilitate the EU in exercising its competence to support and coordinate Member States’ actions related to children and youth.



Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the European Union 2006–2016

This report provides an overview of data on antisemitism as recorded by international organisations and by official and unofficial sources in the 28 European Union (EU) Member States, based on their own definitions and categorisations.



Safe or Sorry? Prospects for Britons in the European Union after Brexit.

Amid ongoing Brexit negotiations, much remains uncertain for the roughly 1 million UK citizens living elsewhere in the European Union. This report offers a demographic profile of these Brexpats, considering what form an EU-UK deal on citizens’ rights might take and identifying key challenges many Britons are likely to face—including difficulty securing legal status and accessing labor markets, social security, and health-care systems.